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POWDERFINGER STAR JOINS BRISBANE V8 SUPERCAR TEAM FOR INDY ASSAULT One of Brisbane's most famous rock'n'roll sons, John Collins, bass guitarist from leading Australian band 'Powderfinger', will join V8 Supercar star Craig Lowndes and his ...

POWDERFINGER STAR JOINS BRISBANE V8 SUPERCAR TEAM FOR INDY ASSAULT

One of Brisbane's most famous rock'n'roll sons, John Collins, bass guitarist from leading Australian band 'Powderfinger', will join V8 Supercar star Craig Lowndes and his Brisbane based V8 Supercar team, Team Betta Electrical for Round Eleven of the V8 Supercar Championship at the Lexmark Indy 300 this weekend (October 20-23).

Brisbane based Collins and his famous brotherhood, are avid V8 Supercar fans and with 'Powderfinger' currently enjoying a well earned hiatus Collins found a gap in his schedule that finally coincided with a V8 Supercar event.

Collins has been a keen supporter of Team Betta Electrical since experiencing a hot lap with Lowndes late last year.

"I am really excited about catching up with the guys from Triple Eight again," Collins said.

"My youthful interest has been rekindled since experiencing three heart stopping laps in Craig Lowndes car late last year.

"It was fantastic to see Craig win at Sandown and Steve on the podium at Bathurst, both cars showed phenomenal pace and I am really looking forward to being part of a form team this weekend," Collins said.

Team Betta Electrical will also play host to Scott Higgins and Josh McCloughan from 'A League' team Queensland Roar who will join the team on Sunday following their clash with Adelaide United on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium.

Lowndes said crossing paths with other athletes and artists from Brisbane was a great way for his team to reach a much broader, non traditional fan base.

"It is great to cross paths with other athletes and artists and share experiences," Lowndes said.

"We are all really excited about John Collins joining the team this weekend and I sure his presence in the garage will give all the guys in the team a big lift.

"Scott & Josh from the Queensland Roar came and helped us out with a charity promotion we were involved in so it is great to be able to repay that buy hosting them at Indy.

After defrosting following his icy Bathurst experience, the Team Betta Electrical driver said this weekend would take him from one extreme to another.

"We will certainly be going from one extreme to another this weekend," Lowndes said.

"After the tyre incident twenty laps into the race at Bathurst I was wearing six layers of fire proofs under my race suit and the wind chill factor had the temperature in the car close to zero degrees. We now head to Indy and the temperature inside the car could quite easily reach sixty degrees.

"This weekend is really the start of the championship with the top six drivers all still in contention.

"The most consistent out of the top six will win the championship," Lowndes added.

Steve Ellery fresh from his Bathurst podium said he was eager to continue his resurgence of form.

"I really want to carry on the form we have shown in the past few rounds," Ellery said.

"Even though things haven't always gone my way at Indy I have traditionally been fast, and was on pole here in 2000.

"This is a track that leaves no room for error and with thirty-two V8 Supercars pushing hard there are always going to be casualties. I want to make sure I am as far up the qualifying order as possible to try and avoid some of the mid pack mayhem.

"It is great to meet people from different sports and different industries and this weekend we are very fortunate to have John Collins from Powderfinger and some of the guys from the Brisbane Roar with us.

"Like most of the guys in the team I am a huge Powderfinger fan and I was lucky enough to meet John at the Melbourne Grand Prix so it will be great to catch up with him again.

Both Lowndes and Ellery will hit the 4.5 kilometre Indy circuit on Friday morning when the first practice session for the round commences, prior to qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout the same day.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes